The G.O.P. Chief And The Lobbyist. Same Guy

Marc Racicot raised some eyebrows in Washington when he announced he would be keeping his day job after taking over as G.O.P. national committee chairman in January. The former Montana Governor lobbies for interests critically affected by government policy, among them electric utilities, railroads and, until recently, Enron, the bankrupt energy concern. Racicot's decision could pose an ethical challenge for the Bush team: can Administration officials say no to a man who will be piling up campaign cash for their boss and spinning for the party?

Racicot has wielded clout as a lobbyist since leaving the governorship a year ago. Representing...

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